If your existing roof has a few leaks or other minor problems in it, you may think a roof replacement is the only option you have right now. You may actually have the option of coating your roof instead of replacing it. Learn more about roof coatings and how to apply a coating to your roof below.
What's a Roof Coating?
Roof coatings cover the surfaces of existing roofs. Coatings generally come in liquid form, which makes it easier to apply and bond to different types of roofing materials. After roof coatings dry, they create a seamless barrier of protection against leaks, heat, premature aging, and other hazards prone to roofs today.
Roof coatings come in a variety of materials today, including asphalt emulsion and acrylic. Asphalt emulsion coatings generally contain organic and inorganic ingredients, such as clay and silicone. Acrylic roof coatings usually contain ingredients that reflect or block sunlight. Acrylic roofing coatings usually work well on flat roofs that have sound or secure drainage systems installed on them.
If you're interested in coating your roof with acrylic or asphalt emulsion, contact a roofer right away.
Which Coating Do You Choose?
A roofer will be able to determine which type of coating your roof needs after they inspect it. If your roof already contains asphalt-based shingles, a roofer may cover your roof with an asphalt emulsion coating. The coating may provide better coverage and protection for your roof over time.
If your roof has an excellent drainage system, or if you're willing to install a new drainage system on your roof, acrylic may work well for you. Acrylic may also be better for your roof is it's flat or slightly-sloped, which can help keep water from ponding or puddling on your roof after coating.
A roofer may also consider other things about your roof before they coat it, such as the weather conditions. Your roof coating should be able to withstand heavy raining conditions, cold weather, and heat. Some coatings require additional care during application. For example, if you choose acrylic, a contractor may need to coat your roof several times to ensure the coating lasts or holds up well under bad weather.
If there are other types of roof coatings available to you, a contractor will discuss them with you.
If you want to coat your roof or find out more about coatings, consult a roofing contractor today.